The Athens-based Stavros Niarchos Foundation has announced the launch of an $8 million partnership with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, to support pioneering research into the universe at its most fundamental level and foster research and training ties between the institute and Greece.
Asimina Arvanitaki, who has been named the inaugural Stavros Niarchos Foundation Aristarchus Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute, will lead the research at the institute, where she has worked since 2014. The new funding also will support collaborations between Arvanitaki and her research colleagues and the hiring of a research team.
While much of the field of particle physics is concerned with the "high-energy frontier," which requires huge colliders to smash particles, Arvanitaki’s research focuses on tests at the so-called "precision frontier." Using technologies and techniques from other fields of physics, Arvanitaki will design novel experiments that can provide insight into the nature of dark matter, particle interactions, and other deep questions.
"The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has given us the opportunity to pursue some of the big questions in physics, and we will do our best to help find the answers," said Arvanitaki, who becomes the first woman to hold a research chair at Perimeter. "This will also help us strengthen research and training ties to Greece, where there is a lot of untapped potential. I am proud to be recognized by an organization that has contributed so much to Greece and the world."